Friday, October 17

Flashback Friday: Nicklaus vs. Trevino in 1970 World Match Play Final

IF YOU'RE A GOLF HISTORY NERD (or not), you might love this 14-minute video that features Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino in their prime playing a 36-hole final in the 1970 World Match Play Championship at Wentworth Club outside of London. Both men are 30. Nicklaus has slimmed down after the 1969 season, his hair is longer and check out those sideburns!

I watched the entire video last night, which is essentially the highlights of the final match. It's a great look at the two legends' golf swings, short games and putting. The video also features a youthful Ben Wright, who went on to become a longtime golf announcer on CBS in America.

This year is the 50th anniversary of of the World Match Play Championship (now sponsored by Volvo), currently being played at London Golf Club and concluding on Sunday. Beginning in 1964, Arnold Palmer (two) and Gary Player (three) won the first five match play championships. Player won two more in 1971 and 1973. No doubt, the South African was one of the greatest match players of all time.

Seve Ballesteros also won five World Match Play Championship titles, from 1981 to 1991. And there's that other South African great, Ernie Els, who beginning in 1994 has won the event a record seven times.

1 comment:

Brian Kuehn said...

Thanks for dredging up that video. It was worth the 15 minutes of viewing. Boy were those guys young, especially Ben Wright. He was much older the first time I recall seeing him on camera.